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Government resources

The Australian and Queensland Governments provide a range of resources about coronavirus:

Department of Health:  

Prime Minister of Australia:

Department of Home Affairs:

  • The Department of Home Affairs provides Australian Government COVID-19 travel restrictions and information for visa holders​

Department of Education, Skills and Employment:

Travel requirements

On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced a ban on Australians travelling overseas. This is on top of the existing advice to not travel overseas, and is effective from 25 March 2020. Exemptions will apply to some travellers. More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Only Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, New Zealand citizens usually residing in Australia, and immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter Australia. All travellers to Australia are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. You may board a domestic flight to your intended destination in Australia to self-isolate there. Find out more information on the Home Affairs website.

From 25 March 2020, there is a ban on non-essential overseas travel. This is on top of the existing advice to not travel overseas. Exemptions will apply to some travellers. More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

The Government is maintaining its highest advice level, level four travel restrictions - do not travel overseas at this time. Travel restrictions also apply within Australia, and it is advised to avoid all non-essential domestic travel.

Restrictions on all travel – domestic and international

On 10 March 2020 the University’s travel insurer confirmed that COVID-19 is considered a foreseen circumstance for any new travel arrangements made after 2 March 2020. This means that the JCU travel insurance policy will not respond to claims relating to or resulting from COVID-19 for any domestic or international travel booked after 2 March 2020.

To enable us to continue to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, and due to the advice from the insurer, effective immediately the University has implemented the following measure effective immediately:

  1. No travel may be booked until further notice, even if the University travel has been approved prior to this announcement. This restriction applies to all JCU work-related travel, regardless of funding source.

Be aware that domestic University air travel is not covered by insurance for any loss due to cancellations or flight disruptions. Any associated costs, should these arise, would need to be picked up by the relevant work area.

We understand that this is a worrying time for many in our community. We want to assure our staff and students that there are teams across JCU working as quickly as possible to respond to the situation as it evolves, and plan for other possibilities.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

This page is regularly updated.

Information was last updated: Friday 27 March 2020